RVP chase hots up?
- 21 July 2012 08:27
- Posted by Chris Eccles
News began to emerge yesterday around one of the Summer’s long running transfer sagas.
Robin Van Persie’s much discussed move away from Arsenal moved nearer to reality as Manchester United reportedly made the first move in a game of transfer chess.
The Daily Mail says that all three of Van Persie’s suitors, United, Juventus and City have now lodged bids for the player with all three rejected by the London club who may hold out for up to £30 million.
The Sun thinks that Arsenal are looking for a figure closer to £20 million for the Dutch Striker.
The BBC report that Juventus hope to lure Van Persie to Turin with the promise a striking partnership with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.
Mark Ogden and Jeremy Wilson in The Telegraph think that City are in pole position to sign the player but do not expect anything to happen soon saying,
"It all points to a prolonged saga, with much likely to depend on the attitude of Van Persie. If he accepts that Arsenal will not sell him for less than £20 million, he could conceivably be forced to see out a contract that expires next summer.
"If he continues to push for a move and Wenger feels that the unity of his squad is threatened, Arsenal will have to decide whether they are willing to compromise on the fee.
"Van Persie is interested in the options of Juventus and Manchester United but the financial firepower of City still make them favourites."
In other news, The Blues defeated Besiktas in Austria last night with the second half chipped goal from captain Vincent Kompany a defining, if slightly unexpected, moment of the game as reported in The Guardian,
"The uncharacteristic sight of Kompany sprinting forward to latch on to Adam Johnson's through-ball and chip the goalkeeper stood out after the break."
Micah Richards yesterday featured in a warm-up game for Team GB as the Olympic football team lost 2-0 to Brazil at Middlesboro’s Riverside Stadium.
It was an unsurprisingly disjointed performance by the British Team who were playing for the first time together against an experience Brazil side.
GB Coach, and former Blues manager, Stuart Pearce will be hoping for more when the team face Senegal at Old Trafford on Thursday.